The hope of Zechariah

Each semester I’m privileged to offer a chapel talk.

At Wednesday’s chapel, I focused on a picture of hope found in Zechariah 8—especially the fourth verse which pictures old men and women, lining the streets, watching boys and girls at play. Admittedly, it’s a pleasing picture—sort of the way things ought to be.

But our cities struggle with crime, trafficking, and drugs; we live in a broken world. Fitting, though, that we began chapel with an old hymn, the first verse proclaiming “my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

Appropriate, too, the last verse of the song focuses on Christ’s coming again: “when he shall come with trumpet sound.” So this picture, provided by Zechariah, that gave hope to an exiled people returning to Jerusalem, should fill us with hope as well—as people living between Christ’s first coming and his return.

What should we do in the meantime? Like apprentices, Trinity students are learning in the classroom and with internships and service-learning to join in the work of God’s kingdom by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Natasha Natewa, Ruby Gunderson, President Steve Timmermans, Zachary Flipse and Brandon Taylor enjoy fellowship time following chapel

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